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Welcome to the Circular Economy Club (CEC) of New York's fall 2021 newsletter! We're here to give you quarterly updates on all that's happening around circular economies in New York City and beyond. 

News

UN Food Systems Summit 

The UN Food Systems Summit will be held in September. 

The summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Guided by five action tracks, the summit will bring together key players from the worlds of science, business, policy, healthcare, and academia, as well as farmers, indigenous people, youth organizations, consumer groups, environmental activists, and other key stakeholders. Before, during, and after the summit, these actors will come together to bring about tangible, positive changes to the world’s food systems.

Read more here

Features

August 2021 Repair Panel Recap 

In case you missed last month’s Repair session, we were blown away by the wonderful questions and comments attendees brought to the conversation. Here's a quick summary of some of the things mentioned:

  • The Pod Swap -- organization that offers repair services for Apple AirPods

  • Diversifying revenue streams - repair creates a multiple-visit model

  • Brand loyalty - a customer who can get their products fixed is more likely to shop when needed at the manufacturer who offers that service

  • Appliances are 60% of the eWaste stream

  • Warranties in the Void

  • Book recommendation: Craft of Use by Kate Fletcher

Curbside Composting is Coming Back to NYC Fall 2021! 

The program is open to residential buildings of all sizes in selected Community Districts - but you have to sign up! Check out the link below for more details and to see where this service is being offered.

Find out more here

How the 'Right to Repair' Might Save Your Gadgets

Read Joanna Stern's (8/30/21) Wall Street Journal Article about new legislation that aims to provide more option for fixing our broken gadgets.  A journey to fix two MacBooks illustrates the repair restrictions put in place by Apple and other big tech companies.

Find out more here.

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Circular Economy 101

If you are new here, welcome! Here is a refresher on the circular economy. 

A circular economy (aka “circularity”) is an economic system that aims to eliminate waste and the continual use of finite resources. 

This regenerative approach is in contrast to the traditional (and existing) linear economy, which has a “take, make, dispose” model of production. 

This model aims to benefit businesses, all people, and the natural environment. 

Interested in learning more? We recommend checking out the Ellen Macarthur Foundation's
website.  

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